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The episode begins with our heroes walking happily along a path in the middle of a forest. {{an|May}} is very excited about the contestContest, which {{Ash}} says that she'll do great. May talks about the exciting new challenges she will face in [[Kanto]]'s Contest Halls, and a vision of [[Drew]] appears in her mind to remind her that she's not alone in her dream. Suddenly, {{TP|May|Munchlax}} pops out of its [[Poké Ball]] and starts to smell the air. Obviously smelling something delicious, Munchlax starts to run off in search of what has created such a smell. May tells Munchlax to slow down, and runs off after her Pokémon.
Munchlax isn't the only one hungry however, as we find {{TRT}} slowly walking through the same forest, tired and starving. [[Jessie]] and [[James]] fall to the ground, and Jessie complains how much hard work it is tracking Ash and {{ashfr}}. However, their attention is brought away from Ash as Jessie spots what appears to be a restaurant not far away. The three villains instantly run towards the building, excited at the thought of all the delicious food before Jessie stops them and reminds James and {{MTR}} that they have no money. James and Meowth, unable to stop in time, slam straight into the restaurant’s door and fall rejected onto the floor. The door opens however, and a pretty girl greets them and invites them in, saying her name is [[Rhoda]].
The two Pokémon work throughout the night, perfecting their techniques.
The next day, the competition begins, with Brock and Meowth acting as referees and Ash, May, Max, Jessie and James acting as the tasters. Brock explains that the object of the contestContest is to not only make a delicious meal, but to also put on a performance. He tells the two Pokémon to start, and they rush off to their respective food piles and start cooking. Jessie and James wish Sneasel luck, and Meowth does the same for Mr. Mime, but is stopped by Brock who tells him that they must remain neutral. The two groups look on amazed at the two Pokémon, who both seem to have perfected the things that the other could do.
The contestContest soon gets into full flow, but is stopped when a black whip grabs hold of Sneasel, Pikachu and Mr. Mime. It's Team Rocket, back to their old tricks. The three Pokémon are thrown into small cages and the two villains laugh. They start their motto, but stop in the middle as they wait for Meowth to do his line. Jessie, angry that their performance was stopped, whips Meowth over and asks it why he didn't do his line. Meowth says that he was confused as to why they were helping Sneasel, and James tells him that that was just a ruse to get close to {{AP|Pikachu}}. They continue and finish their motto, with Meowth's spirit and confidence restored. Rhoda asks what they are doing, and Jessie explains that this was their plan all along. Rhonda tells Team Rocket to give back her and her sister's Pokémon, but Team Rocket ignore them and jump out of the window and into a balloon waiting for them. Ash, frustrated, tells Pikachu to use {{m|Thunderbolt}}. The attack is useless however, as the cage is electric proof. May then sends out Combusken and Brock sends out {{TP|Brock|Mudkip}} to use a combination of {{m|Fire Spin}} and {{m|Water Gun}}, but Jessie laughs as the attacks cannot reach them. Jessie starts to mock them, twirling the key around her finger while James cries happily. Back on the ground, Rhonda tells her sister to let her handle the situation, and shouts to Mr. Mime to get the key with {{m|Trick}}. Mr. Mime's ladle ends up twirling around Jessie's finger for a moment before it smacks her in the head. Grinning, Max explains that Trick switches an opponent's tools with your own. Mr. Mime then uses Psychic on the key to open the whole cage, and the three Pokémon jump out... however, not before Sneasel slices the balloon with its claws, which sends Team Rocket blasting off again.
The three Pokémon land safely, and the three trainers run over to them happily. Rhoda tells her sister that she is grateful... and that she is happy for her to take control of their father's restaurant: She deserves it. Rhoda apologizes to Sneasel, and tells her sister to do her best. As Rhoda walks off, Rhonda looks on sadly, and calls out to her twin sister. Rhonda says that there's no need for her to leave... they can run the restaurant together, as a team.
* When Team Rocket is in their balloon after capturing the three Pokémon, the song that Jessie sings to mock the people on the ground is to the tune of the series ending theme, ''[[Pokémon Counting Song]]''.
* ''[[Exciting Pokémon Relay]]'' was used in the contestContest scenes.
* Nearly a week before this episode's U.S. debut, {{p|Weavile}} and {{p|Mime Jr.}}'s names were released. They happen to be evolved form and pre-evolved form of the two main Pokémon in this episode.
* This episode name is a pun of the phrase, "Hail to the Chief!"